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Dean Bridge, Edinburgh

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Built by Thomas Telford to span the Water of Leith in Edinburgh's New Town, where he had worked as a mason in his youth. Four arches support the roadway, each span 90ft, with a rise of 30ft. Telford modified his original design for a three-span bridge when difficulties with the foundations emerged.

To reduce the actual weight of the bridge, which stands 106ft above the water at its highest point, Telford used hollow-wall piers following the technique he had adopted at Pontcysyllte.

Construction by John Gibb of Aberdeen.

In 1830 Charles Atherton was sent to Edinburgh by Thomas Telford to superintend the erection of the bridge.

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